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No to Foreign Interference in Cuban Affairs! Petition to Government of Canada Against the U.S. War on Cuba

The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) has initiated a new parliamentary petition to the Government of Canada calling on it to oppose the U.S. war on Cuba, and that Canada maintain principled relations with Cuba and not follow U.S. dictate. This petition, e-3640, opened October 29 and replaces a previous one, e-3456. That petition gathered thousands of signatures but died on the order paper when Justin Trudeau called the pandemic election, ending the 43rd Parliament.

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Justice for Haitian refugees: Montreal action condemns US administration

Mistreatment of Haitian refugees in Del Rio, Texas

Solidarité Québec-Haiti and Debout pour la dignité organized a protest in Montreal on Saturday, September 25 to vehemently denounce U.S. racism against Haitians, as well as the deportations that are in violation of international law. The MLPC joined the demonstration and called on all Quebeckers and Canadians to join the denunciation and demand justice for Haitian refugees.

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US special envoy for Haiti resigns, says he will not be associated with ‘inhumane, counterproductive’ deportations of Haitians

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They sell the world the “American dream” and await for migrants with a nightmare at the border. Who speaks of Human Rights?

The U.S. special envoy for Haiti has resigned from his position in a blistering letter, saying he could not be associated with the Biden administration’s decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees to Haiti, a move he called “inhumane” and “counterproductive” given the violence and deteriorating security situation in the country.

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Open Letter to President Biden from prominent activists, scientists and artists

– LetCubaLive.com –

Urgent times call for urgent action. In just two days, over 400 prominent activists, intellectuals, scientists and artists came together to produce an Open Letter to President Biden which was published as a full page ad in the New York Times on July 23. This is just the beginning.

Dear President Joe Biden,

It is time to take a new path forward in U.S.-Cuban relations. We, the undersigned, are making this urgent, public appeal to you to reject the cruel policies put into place by the Trump White House that have created so much suffering among the Cuban people.

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Cuba responds to recent US statements and acts of interference

– Granma –

Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba on March 2, 2009. Before his appointment, he served as deputy minister. He was Permanent Ambassador of Cuba to the UN from 1995 to 2003.

In a public appearance on national television, the member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, spoke of the most recent statements of the U.S. government presided over by Joe Biden.

Hours earlier, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s twitter account announced that more than 400 former heads of state, politicians, intellectuals, scientists, clergymen, artists, musicians, leaders and activists from all over the world have signed an open letter asking Biden to immediately lift the sanctions against Cuba.

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Letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau: Canada must not support US ‘Joint Statement’ attacking Cuba!

– Canadian Network on Cuba –

I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Network On Cuba (CNC), which represents Canada-Cuba friendship and solidarity organizations from Vancouver to Halifax, with a membership of more than 50,000. Two of the CNC’s principal objectives are bringing an end to U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba and ensuring that Canada’s relations with Cuba are based on equality and respect for the island nation’s independence, sovereignty, and the right of self-determination.

We, in the CNC, are concerned about the extreme and humiliating pressure that the government of the United States is exerting on third countries to support a Joint Statement – it has written – unjustly condemning Cuba.

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The assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the situation facing the Haitian people: The Haitian people and Haiti are at a crossroads

“Every Haitian man and woman, and Haitians collectively, must be able to find a common goal, which is to restore Haiti to its greatness as the first country that gained its independence, initiated the war against slavery and drove out the colonizers.” Interview with Frantz André, Solidarité Québec-Haïti, by The Marxist-Leninist

Demonstration April 1, 2021 as Haitian people continue months of actions for freedom, democracy and human rights and to end the death-squad democracy imposed on them by the U.S. and its allies.

This interview was conducted during the week following the assassination on July 7 of Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moïse. Since then, on July 20, Ariel Henry was sworn in as Haiti’s Prime Minister. Henry had been a cabinet minister in previous governments, including that of President Michel Martelly in 2015 and 2016. His appointment follows an agreement with acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph who resigned on July 19 to make way for Henry to assume the position.

The Marxist-Leninist: Frantz, can you give us your assessment of the situation that the Haitian people and Haiti are facing following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on July 7? Please first explain the context in which this assassination took place.

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Support Haiti’s right to resolve the crisis without foreign intervention

Joint Statement and Call to Action by Haitian Activist Organizations, July 2021

In response to the crisis in Haiti, which has deepened in the wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, we, the undersigned individuals and organizations, express our condolences and sympathy to all of the Haitian families that have lost a loved one to the ongoing violence. We further recognize that activists and human rights defenders in Haiti are currently facing grave danger as they continue to work for a better future for all Haitians.

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Fiesta del Fuego for cultural resistance in the Caribbean

Activities involving physical presence will be combined with online events, in strict compliance with preventive measures given the current epidemiological situation | Pedro de la Hoz

Yander Zamora photo

(May 20) – The 40th edition of the Festival of the Caribbean, scheduled July 3-9 in Santiago de Cuba, will feature the cultural resistance displayed by peoples of the region who are facing a neocolonizing onslaught in the midst of the economic crisis produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cuba leads in global fight against COVID-19 pandemic

By Isaac Saney

Cuban Doctors head for Italy In April, 2020.

Cuba continues to receive international accolades for its singular role in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This is illustrated by the numerous nominations of Cuba’s internationalist medical contingent – the Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade against Disasters and Serious Epidemics – for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Continue reading

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Another campaign against Cuba in social media is unmasked

Cuban TV unmasks another subversion campaign

Cuban television news shows in videos how a “human rights activist” and “hunger striker” received abundant food at home.

(April 2) – Cuban television news unmasked this Thursday a new campaign against the Caribbean island deployed on social networks and supported by media with funding from the United States, which is focused on an alleged hunger strike. Continue reading

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Cuban solidarity network condemns Garneau-Blinken interventionist meeting

By Isaac Saney, CNC Spokesperson, March 2, 2021

Vancouver monthly pickets against U.S. blockade of Cuba, February 17, 2020

The Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) is outraged by the communique from Global Affairs Canada summarizing the February 26 virtual meeting between Foreign Minister Marc Garneau and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. It is an open declaration that Ottawa, lock step with the United States, arrogates to itself the right to intervene in the affairs countries across the globe, particularly in the Americas. Continue reading

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Montreal rally and webinar in support of the Haitian people

Against the Return of Duvalierism

Sunday, February 7
Rally — 12:30-2:00 pm

Corner of St-Michel and Legendre Sts.
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Webinar — 8:30-9:30 pm
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Organized by: Solidarité Québec-Haïti

On February 7, Solidarité Québec-Haïti is holding two actions in Montreal to mark the departure of Jovenel Moïse as Haiti’s president, to echo the actions of resistance and demonstrations on the same day throughout Haiti.

First, a rally with Rara Indigène will take place from 12:30-2:00 pm at the corner of St-Michel and Legendre streets. Rara is Haitian festival music that accompanies street processions. Joumou soup (traditional soup made from beef, squash and other vegetables) and hot chocolate will be served. Participants must respect physical distancing measures and wear a mask.

A webinar will be held from 8:30-9:30 pm to denounce the return of Duvalierism in Haiti and the role played by Canada in supporting it.

On February 7, 1986, the brutal Duvalier dictatorship in Haiti fell after nearly 30 years in power. Today, 35 years later, Jovenel Moïse, who fraudulently came to power, has restored many aspects of the Duvalierist regime, by violently repressing protests, extending his mandate, governing by decree, illegally rewriting the constitution, unilaterally creating a national intelligence agency with unlimited powers, etc. Solidarité Québec-Haïti denounces the fact that Canada continues to support the repressive Jovenel Moïse regime in Haiti.

Solidarité Québec-Haïti calls on all activists and allies of the Haitian people to join in these two events to mark the historic date of February 7.

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This Day. Kennedy launched the blockade of Cuba

Today, 59 years ago, President John F. Kennedy emitted the presidential proclamation 3447, with which the long history of the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba began. Later in the 1990s, this hostile policy would become codified as law. This has caused a degenerative impact, with multi-million losses affecting all areas of the life of the Cuban family. More than 70 per cent of the Cuban population has been born under the negative impacts of this policy. The blockade lacks moral support, is illegal, and has almost unanimous rejection of the international community and the American and Canadian peoples. #UnblockCuba

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Trump – Pompeo parting shots hurt the Caribbean 

By Sir Ronald Sanders

Ambassador Sir Ronald Sanders

As they are preparing to exit the White House and the State Department on January 20, the outgoing Donald Trump administration has planted some explosives for the foreign policy of the government of Joseph Biden Jr.

A grenade has already been thrown into policies that Antony Blinken, Biden’s nominated Secretary of State, might pursue in relation to Cuba and, consequently, the Caribbean region. Continue reading

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No to US government’s recent move to include Cuba on its list of states that sponsor terrorism

Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba

The Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba (TCSQC) joins its voice with the rest of the world in firmly condemning the decision of the U.S. government to include Cuba on its list of states that sponsor terrorism. On January 11, nine days before Donald Trump’s mandate ends and the new president takes office, [U.S. Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo announced that “The State Department has designated Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism for repeatedly providing support for acts of international terrorism in granting safe harbour to terrorists.” Continue reading

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Cuba is not a state that sponsors terrorism: Canadian organizations reject US aggression against Cuba

The United States has no moral authority to designate other countries as terrorist states.

CALENDAR OF CUBA SOLIDARITY EVENTS

Cuba is not a state that sponsors terrorism

Editorial of TML Daily, January 15, 2021

The Communist Party of Canada (Marxist-Leninist) condemns the decision of the Trump administration in its final days to designate Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, which the U.S. State Department did on Monday, January 11. We call on all Canadians to denounce this baseless designation and demand it be retracted immediately. We also call on Canadians to urge the government of Canada to disassociate itself from this outrageous move and call on the international community to refuse to recognize it and not to appease it in any way. Continue reading

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Firm and absolute condemnation of fraudulent designation of Cuba as state sponsor of terrorism

Declaration of Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba condemns, in the strongest and most absolute terms, the fraudulent designation of Cuba as a State that sponsors terrorism which, in a cynical and hypocritical move, has been announced by the government of the United States. Continue reading

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The people and no one else will decide what happens in Venezuela

By Margaret Villamizar

Following the election of the new National Assembly, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro expressed satisfaction that the National Assembly had been freed from the control of opposition forces who used it as a base over the past five years to violate the country’s constitution, obstruct the normal functioning of government and support the U.S. economic war against the country. He called it a great victory for democracy, for the constitution. Maduro has said that the first task of the new legislature must be to repair the damage done to the country’s economy by the sanctions, adopting necessary measures to fortify and shield it from the effects of the U.S. economic war. He said this would require passing legislation approved in October by the National Constituent Assembly, which dissolves December 31, known as the Anti-Blockade Law for National Development and the Guarantee of Human Rights. Continue reading

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Current US attempts to sow chaos in Cuba

A campaign of interference in Cuba’s internal affairs is being undertaken by U.S. diplomats, politicians and anti-Cuba terrorists in the United States.

1. Oppose Imperialist Interference in Cuba and Violation of Diplomatic Norms

By Nick Lin

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

A campaign of interference in Cuba’s internal affairs is being undertaken by U.S. diplomats, politicians and anti-Cuba terrorists in the U.S. This is being done by inciting Cuban youth to take up counterrevolutionary activities, in flagrant violation of the rules governing diplomatic relations.

On November 30, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, through his official Twitter account, denounced the direct participation of the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires in Havana, Timothy Zúñiga-Brown, in inciting and assisting in illegal acts against public order and health standards in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, Carlos Fernández de Cossío, the Director General in charge of the U.S. at the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), pointed out “the serious violations of the functions as diplomat and head of mission” committed by Zúñiga-Brown. Continue reading

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UK: Black History Month and contested history

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been speaking a lot about history recently. October has become by tradition “Black History Month” in England and it has become customary for the Prime Minister of the day to make some pronouncement. Continue reading

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Soberana – Cuba’s Covid-19 vaccine

By Gerardo Szalkowicz

If not for the unwritten premise of the imperialist media that anything good about Cuba is not to be reported, it would be striking that this piece of news has gone practically unnoticed: that in recent days the vaccine “Soberana 01” [“Sovereign” in English – Ed Note] began clinical trials in humans and became the first in Latin America – and in the entire so-called underdeveloped world – to advance to this second phase. Continue reading

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Barbados sheds imperial monarchy

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Countries around the world are re-examining their post-colonial identity after Barbados moved to remove the English queen as the head of state. The island has said that it is planning to become a republic as it moves to withdraw from the Commonwealth and “leave its colonial past behind”.Most of the population of Barbados have ancestors who were victims of colonial slavery. It is estimated that between 1627 to 1807, some 387,000 Africans were shipped to the island against their will by English slave traders. Continue reading

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Research notes: The militarized Atlantic – From Norfolk and Halifax to the Irish and Baltic seas

Work in progress by Tony Seed

A report conducted by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) – published in July – found that the two vessels came within 50-100 metres of each other during the horrific incident on November 6, 2018. The investigation revealed that it was the third time in four years that a submerged Royal Navy submarine had narrowly missed a calamitous collision with another vessel. Continue reading

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Caricom demands reparation justice after centuries of slavery

Caricom demands reparation justice after centuries of slavery

Georgetown, Aug 23 (Prensa Latina) – The Caribbean Community (Caricom) is today calling for reparation justice for its nations after centuries of slavery and racism perpetrated by several former colonial metropolis.

In the context of the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition and midway through the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), Caricom’s member and partner states are advocating through its Reparations Commission (CRC) a reward to the indigenous and afro-descendant communities after the legacy of underdevelopment caused by the colonial period – the native genocide, enslavement and crimes against humanity that hold back the progress of their populations. Continue reading

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Cuba condemns US government silence on the terrorist attack on its embassy

Following the April 30 attack on Cuban embassy in Washington, its Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez insists on full investigation of assailant’s ties with anti-Cuban extremists | Milagros Pichardo Pérez

The Cuban Foreign Minister stated that the attack, which left 32 bullet holes in the embassy’s façade, is the direct result of official U.S. policy inciting hatred and violence against Cuba | AP photo

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Shining the light on Cuba’s medical solidarity


ONLINE WEBINAR for the “Cuba Fights COVID-19 Around the World” – Fundraising Campaign Continue reading

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CARICOM demands US lift sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela

CARICOM demands the US to lift sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela(April 16) – Caricom member countries called for the lifting of United States sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela, since all countries must be part of the global effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Continue reading

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Cuba a beacon of international solidarity and medical excellence in the fight against COVID-19

International Cooperation to Help Countries Cope

Cuban medical team of 50 arrives in Suriname March 20, 2020, to assist with COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 21, 53 physicians and nurses from Cuba’s celebrated Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade of health professionals, trained in disaster medicine and infectious disease containment, arrived in Italy’s northern Lombardy region at the request of its health authorities. They will join a dozen Chinese doctors to work in a new field hospital being built in Bergamo in Italy’s hardest hit area, where over 63 per cent of the country’s deaths due to COVID-19 and 42 per cent of its active cases are concentrated, with over 1,000 patients undergoing intensive treatment. It is the sixth contingent of the specialized brigade to go abroad to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and the first sent to Europe. Continue reading

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Cuba’s timely assistance to British cruise ship

International Cooperation to Help Countries Cope

Shortly before dawn on March 18, the British passenger ship MS Braemar of the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, with over 1,000 passengers and crew aboard, docked in the port of Mariel, Cuba. Since March 12, the ship had been denied permission to dock in several of its scheduled ports of call around the Caribbean or in the U.S. by authorities of those countries, due to the fact that one of its passengers and four crew members had confirmed cases of COVID-19, with a further 28 passengers and 27 crew members, including a doctor, in isolation after displaying symptoms. Continue reading

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